Probate lawyers allowed to obtain sample of Prince’s blood judge
A court in Minnesota says DNA might help resolve any future paternity claims as the estate of the multi-millionaire star in settled
Lawyers charged with untangling the multimillion-dollar estate of late pop star Prince can get a sample of his blood from the coroner so they can analyse the singers DNA should a paternity claim arise, a judge has ruled.
Prince, whose full name was Prince Rogers Nelson, was found dead at his Paisley Park home-studio complex in a Minneapolis suburb on 21 April. He was 57.
He is not known to have had any children, but in a court order dated on Friday, Minnesota district court Judge Kevin Eide said that parentage issues might arise as the probate case goes forward.
He authorised the estate administrator, Bremer Trust, to analyse Princes blood, including conducting genetic testing and any other analysis required for the administration of the estate.
The exact value of Princes estate has not yet been disclosed but his music catalogue alone has been estimated at more than $500m.
Administrators of his estate said earlier this week they still had not found a will.
In the absence of a will, six siblings or half-siblings of the star have been listed as his heirs in court documents filed in Carver county district court in Chaska, Minnesota.